‘Nuf said. 🙂
Yes, I am. Although I am tempted to say just barely. 🙂
This weekend was our annual Men’s Advance. And it went really well (at least from my view of things it did). I helped it the kitchen, which was great, as usual. But it is all very, very exhausting.
And on top of that, a cold is going around our church, and I could tell last week that, although I wasn’t sick yet, I was going to be soon. So I did what I could to ward off that cold, but I had it on Monday.
It is appearing to be a real mean one. As in it isn’t going to let off easy.
Well, I had several wonderful grain free things over this weekend, and now I have been wanting to make them, as well as several other things that I have been wanting to make, but just haven’t gotten around to. So, instead of making a mental list (which I am probably going to forget anyway, since my brain is out of it), I am going to make a list here.
(I know. Another food list. But bear with me. It is hard not to be able to make any of these things, due to no energy, and the fact that I don’t want sugar while I am sick. So hopefully this will help me let off some steam.)
1. Quiche or egg casserole. Probably quiche, since it has crust. I want crust.
2. Grain-free scones. A dear friend of mine had these at their home when we were there for brunch, and THEY WERE AMAZING. And I put butter on mine. ‘Nuf said.
3. Grain-free chocolate chip biscotti. Again, another dear friend of mine made these, and I had them while at there home for brunch. AND THEY WERE REALLY AMAZING. And I need some again. I think they had walnuts and raisins in them too.
4. Grain-free biscuits. I got a new recipe from a friend, and it is even better that the recipe I had tried. I need something to slather some butter on.
5. I need to make an apple crumble. I tried to make walnut flour, but due to unforeseen circumstances, my walnuts never made flour. Just a moist crumble-y thing that reminded me of a crumble.
So that’s that.
What are you making/craving/hoping to make soon?
Do you have a cold?
I was trying to be the “good” babysitter, even though I wasn’t really babysitting. I had just made a fresh batch of chocolate cupcakes, and, since we were going to watch a movie while Mom and Dad watched theirs (Valentine’s date), I thought I would be fun and let my siblings have cupcakes in the basement.
But I had this feeling of apprehension as I put some cupcakes on a plate. They were chocolate…but hey, we had eaten other desserts in the basement without incident. What difference would cupcakes be? Still.
I even made Meiling and Noah use forks. Just to be safe. Little did I know…
I had unwrapped Meiling’s cupcake and given it to her on a plate, and was working on prepping Noah’s, when suddenly their was a commotion.
Lucy had a cupcake – a chocolate one, at that – in her mouth. Drake was doing his best to prevent her from eating it, while holding her.
I hastily set down Noah’s cupcake and grabbed the cupcake top (she wasn’t lucky enough to grab the whole thing) out of her mouth. I squeezed as much frosting out of her “beard” as I could, then let her go.
“Take her upstairs!” I said to Drake, as I protected the cupcake-laden area of the floor. Of course the cupcake had landed frosting-side down. I sent Noah upstairs for a bowl (also, the frosting-side-down had landed right in the middle of the toy cars and road rug that were all over the floor) to put the dirty cars in.
And then we started laughing. And laughing.
“Well,” I said to Drake, “At least her breath smells better now!”
There was just something so funny about the whole business. I had to go interrupt Mom and Dad. And, laughing, tell them the whole thing.
Lucy had hopped up on Meiling’s lap, since Meiling was sitting on a low chair, and snatched the cupcake right off the plate.
The little stinker.
Lucy didn’t ingest enough chocolate to make her sick, and we got the ensuing mess cleaned up quickly and got our movie rolling shortly.
Recently I picked up The Joy of Gluten-Free Sugar-Free Baking at the library. I was really thrilled, since it uses all sorts of nut and seed flours. I tried one of their roll recipes, and they turned out wonderfully! Their waffle recipe was AWESOME, also. I am hoping to try another recipe before I return the book, and before the week is out.
The photos that didn’t make the cut – for one reason or another. But I like some just as well as the one I chose. Tell me what you think, and which photo is your favorite. This week’s theme is horizontal lines.
(1) This one made it on 6 Lenses
(2) With my shadow
(3) I love barbed wire
This one and the next one don’t really fit the category, but I like them. 🙂
(4) This one and the next one don’t have the perfect focus, but I like them none the less (wow, what a schooling on what I like!)
So, which one(s) do you like?
Today Drake and I ran several errands together. We had quite a bit of fun, even though the errands weren’t all that exciting. Drake’s a lot of fun. 🙂
A few days ago Meiling and I had some kitchen time together. Mom had purchased 2 bricks of cheese, not realizing that we already had 2 at home. Meiling and I started our time together with shredding the cheese. We used the food processor, which, when you shred cheese in it, makes these tasty little cheese balls, which we eat with great satisfaction. Mmmm… We don’t usually use the food processor for cheese, since it can be a bit of a pain to clean, but this was a great excuse to pull it out.
We also worked on spaghetti, which was our dinner. (No photos, so I won’t elaborate.)
Last on our list was to bake cookies. We made chocolate chip cookies and flourless chocolate fudge cookies. The chocolate chip cookies I made using our family favorite recipe, altering it to be grain-free and made with coconut sugar. The flourless chocolate fudge cookies were a recipe was one I found online. Right after I made it, I didn’t like them, and neither did Drake. (Noah liked them, though.) I tried them today, and they were much better. It’s surprising how much difference a few days can make.
Today I made two chilies – our regular chili recipe, a slow-cooker recipe from ATK’s family cookbook, and a buffalo chicken chili I found on the internet. It’s in celebration of my dad coming home – he has been out of town. They (the chilies) are both really, really good. The buffalo chicken chili is spicy, although that is a bit of a given, isn’t it?
Bricks of cheese
And the other kind with a really long name
Today – buffalo chicken chili…
and our regular chili (BAD picture – but I didn’t feel like trying again)
Here is another “mixed” post – food and something else. Funny how that happens. But I guess that is the way my life is. 🙂
I saw a recipe for Paleo biscuits a few months ago. I was intrigued. But 6 egg whites? I really don’t like using only half of the egg.
I was reminded of these last week when I made some regular biscuits. And today I tried them.
And I was pleasantly surprised.
They have a different texture, and a different flavor than regular biscuits, but I still really enjoyed them. It was lovely to have something to spread butter and jam on again. Mmmm…
When I had the dough all mixed up, I didn’t think that it would work. It didn’t really stick together. Even when I scooped it into the muffin pans and tried to press them together, they still crumbled. But once they were baked, they stuck together fairly well. As my family can attest, they were a bit crumbly, so I just spread the butter and jam on top instead of putting it inside. (They were enjoying watching me eat one at dinner, as I tried as hard as I could to have it crumble only into my mouth.)
Here is where you can find the recipe. I might try to add some salt next time, but I am not sure how that will alter how they rise. Note: I am not familiar with this website, and do not claim to know or endorse the other content on this site. Over and out.
Yep. Pretty good.
See? All gone. 🙂
It snowed on Saturday. A good, thick snow. Lovely.
But, as usually happens here in the Midwest, the temperature rose to 50*F, and it was melting. *Sniff* I like the snow.
Anyways, I was able to take a few photos of it before it totally melted away.
Sitting with Drake, working on stuff at the kitchen table. A song from Hugo is playing.
Me: Guess what this is.
Drake: [pauses] Hugo.
Me: Yes! I don’t usually like it [the Hugo soundtrack] so much, but recently I’ve really been enjoying this song. I don’t know why. Maybe because it is so pretty.
If you are a fellow lover of soundtracks, the song I am referring to is “The Thief” from Hugo.
I discovered an amazing “new food.”
It’s not totally new, since I am familiar with all the ingredients. But the combination is new.
Are you ready? Two words:
That says it all.
They are one of the most amazing things. Ever. So simple and delicious.
I hadn’t really thought of onions as a side dish on their own until recently, when Mom was chatting with someone at the grocery store who would just serve sautéed onions with dinner, as a side. I wanted to try that sometime – a big pile of onions. Mmmm…
Then the other night I had some time, and I remembered the stuffed onion recipe that I had seen several years ago (I know, I know) in a cookbook I own, and I had to try it.
I altered the recipe a bit, since it originally called for bread, and I didn’t want to add any. Well, really since I wanted to eat an onion.
They are SO TASTY. The outside is a baked onion – cooked plain, not to talk it down – and the filling. Oh the filling. It is a combination of the centers of the onion that have been scraped out of the onions that have been sautéed, along with some bacon and cheese. Delicious.
Adapted from Fresh Flavor Fast (an AWESOME cookbook)
3 large onions (mine were very big), peeled
1/2 lb. bacon, cut into one-inch pieces
1/2-3/4 c. shredded cheese (I used Monterey Jack, which was very, very good)
1/2 c. chicken broth.
Preheat the oven to 400*F. (See note)
Using a melon baller, hollow out the centers of the onions, until the sides are about 1/4-1/2 inch thick (I just hollowed mine until the cave in the middle looked sizeable). Place the onions in a pan (I had to split mine into two pans – an 8×8-inch pan would work, as well as a 9×13-inch pan. Whatever your onions fit comfortably in). Pour the chicken broth in the pan (not inside the onions), and cover the pans with foil. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the onions are soft when pierced with a paring knife.
Meanwhile, chop up the onion middles that have been scooped out. Fry the bacon over medium heat until started to get crispy. Add the onion, and sauté until soft, 10-15 minutes. Drain off the fat. Right before you stuff the onions, mix the cheese into the filling, reserving some to top the onions.
Pour the chicken broth out of the onion pans (reserve this, especially if it is bone broth! It is now onion flavored). Fill the onions with the filling, and top with cheese. Bake at 450*F for 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and browned.
Notes: The original recipe had you bake the onions (before they are filled) at 450*F. I baked two of my onions at 450*F, while I baked the other one at 400*F. The one that I baked at 400*F had a much better color, and I liked how it came out more than the other two. Either temp should work.
Next time I think I will stir some parsley flakes into the filling. I was going to this time, but forgot. 🙂
On Thursday I cleaned up my room. This wasn’t just a straighten-up-the-stuff clean up, but a real cleaning. Going through drawers, and relocating accumulated
junk stuff that has just been sitting around for WAY to long, and just needed to be put away.
(Really, there is a point to this. Just bear with me.)
I cleaned out my vanity and moved it downstairs. In the corner where it used to be I put a chair and a small table. It is my new little reading nook! A comfortable spot to do my schoolwork. Drake and I are sharing the chair, so I get it part of the week, and he gets it the rest of the time. I am really enjoying it!
My cozy reading nook
Have a lovely Lord’s Day!